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Safe Purse, Safe Wallet – Tips for Safe Shopping

Making post-holiday returns? Or maybe getting those terrific shopping deals? Either way – here are quick tips to keep your purse and wallet secure and safe while deal-hunting.

  • Zip It. Choose a purse/bag with a strap and a zipper and keep it closed.
  • Keep ‘Em Separated.  Keep your keys and phone separate from your handbag. Why? If your purse is stolen, you’ll be stranded with no car keys and no immediate way to call anyone.
  • Pocket It.  Quick errand? Leave your purse or wallet at home and carry only what you need in pants or shirt pocket.
  • Never Been Touched.  Take rarely used credit cards from your wallet and store them in a safe place at home.
  • No SS#s. Carry only what you need.  Medical cards or other ID cards often use your social security number as your account number – carry your card only as needed.
  • SmartPhone. Your smartphone (the one with all your PIN numbers and passwords in it?), make sure it’s password-locked when not in use.
  • Big Ones.  Big purse? Carry it with one arm across it or with the strap crossing your body. Wear the strap under your jacket or sweater.
  • Where’s Wallet? To minimize leaving your wallet somewhere, establish the habit of returning it a secure inside pocket.
  • Clean Receipts Out. After shopping, take credit card, ATM and store receipts from your purse or wallet and put them in an envelope or folder.
  • The Mentalist. Before each shopping trip, mentally itemize what’s in your purse and wallet. This will give you an idea of what to report to an insurance agent in case of theft.
  • At Home and at the Office. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (bank, credit card companies, insurance agent) at home and office. Why? Many people use lunch hours for shopping (maybe you?). In case of a theft or loss, you’ll have emergency numbers nearby.

Happy Shopping!

– Susan

Save Money, Have a Baby (Part 5 of 5)

Thanks for joining us for our final post in our series on saving money while planning for your baby.

I Can Be Inexpensive!

Clothing, Diapers and Dollars

Onesies, booties & sleepers – how can something so little cost so much? There must be ways to save. Here are a few ideas we have come up with:

If you plan to have multiple baby showers, here is a great tip to pass on to the hosts

  • Designate an age for each shower: 0-3 mo., 3-6 mo., 6-9 mo., etc. – this way you won’t end up with 50 newborn outfits.  (Especially important because babies double their birth weight by 5 mo. and triple by 1 year.)
  • 5,300 – This is how many diapers you’ll change until your child is potty trained.  That’s a lot of diapers – and dollars!  A good solution is cloth diapers – cost effective, eco-friendly AND you can save by purchasing used.
  • Be cautious when washing and drying infant clothes and diapers. That soft, baby skin is very sensitive and prone to reactions. Drier sheets and fabric softeners are one of the major culprits – we suggest skipping them entirely.
  • If you find yourself getting too many items in the same size, hold off on washing the majority until you are truly sure you will use it. That way you can return those items, unwashed with tags on, if needed.
  • Let’s say you acted on that pre-labor spurt of energy, got overly ambitious and washed all of the baby stuff you had. All we can say is…thank goodness for consignment shops. If you can’t return it, sell it.

As you have learned, there are some very simple ways to save while baby shopping. The next time you attempt to attack those baby aisles you can think outside the box. Take these tips and run with them. Be proud of your newly acquired skills of penny pinching, reusing, and repurposing.

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.

Save Money, Have a Baby (Part 4 of 5)

Hello – it’s our fourth post with great tips on saving money while you plan for your baby.

Missed the earlier ones? Here they are –

1. General hints about baby shopping

2. Saving when prepping the nursery and

3. Your on-the-go lifestyle.

4. Around the House
Home is where the heart is. This is also where you will be spending the majority of your time post baby. Here are some home-wise tips:

– Hospitals rent breast pumps by the day if you are interested in the try before you buy method. As you research right hospital for you, add this service to your list of questions!

– Stock up! Pump and Freeze.  Note that breast milk can be frozen in a chest type freezer for up to 6 months and a refrigerator freezer for up to 3.

– Is your blender lonely? Is that food processor collecting dust? Bust them out and make your own baby food. Freeze it in ice cube trays, pop the cubes out, and store in zip-top freezer bags. Walla!

– This is the ideal time to buy stock in your favorite battery company.  You will find yourself strongly supporting them.  Look into swings, monitors, toys, etc. that come with AC adaptors or rechargeable battery packs; reduce your carbon footprint.

See you soon for our fifth and final posting in the series!

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.

Save Money, Have a Baby (3 of 5)

Our first two posts covered general hints about baby shopping and how to apply those hints in the Nursery.Now it’s save money for your On-the-Go Lifestyle.

On the Go
In the car, strolling the mall, hiking the trails, riding the train – sound familiar? Parents are always on the go.

Check out these hints:

  • The most expensive car seat is not necessarily the safest. Do your homework before purchasing (or call us and we’ll do it for you).  You can also find some great tips on ‘Child Car Seat Safety’ here.
  • Contact your insurance provider before shopping for a car seat. They may pick up the tab.
  • If you have an extra receiving blanket handy, roll it up and use it as an infant head support for your car seat.  The store bought supports are an added expense you don’t need.
  • Yeah that travel system (stroller/infant seat combo) looks great, but it probably isn’t the best fit (See this mom in the picture? That’s a heavy stroller!). Most of these strollers are 30 pound beasts. Instead, concentrate on a safe car seat and from there find a lightweight stroller that’s compatible.

We’ll see you shortly for the fourth post with more great money saving tips!

- Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.